Day 241 (29 Aug 2012) Playing with Traffic

Not in traffic, but with traffic. ¬†And my camera ūüôā

Class started today so it was dark by the time I got around to shooting, and since I was in Manchester, CT, I thought I could try shooting a busy intersection and shooting the light trails from tail/head lights. ¬†After a couple frames I changed things up. ¬†I’ve been a big fan of bokah since I first learned about it, so I flipped my lens to manual focus, and put the camera deliberately out of focus to get these shots:

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43 mm, 2.5 sec, f/5.6, ISO 100 (Unfocused Drivers)

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55 mm, 2.0 sec, f/5.6, ISO 100 (Focus on the lights)

2012_Aug_29_Traffic Lights_00218 mm, 30 sec, f/11, ISO 100 (Phantom Car)

Day 197 (15 July 2012) Going Home. . .

So yesterday’s post wasn’t a work of art, that’s for sure. ¬†What you saw was my reward for 4hr, 8min of grueling Tough Mudder! ¬†It was probably the most awesome thing I’ve ever done, and a TON of fun! ¬†I am defiantly going to do it again next year!! ¬†When I posted that photo, I was at some small pizza joint with my team, reliving the glory of the day and refueling our bodies for the drive home. ¬†If you are interested in a physical challenge, I HIGHLY recommend you go to www.toughmudder.com¬†and finding the nearest event, signing up, and training for it!

On my way home from spending the day with my teammates at a post TM hang out, I noticed all the other people headed home after their weekend’s actives. ¬†I got me thinking, I wonder what they all did this weekend? ¬†Did they have to work? ¬†Did they get to spend it with friends/family? ¬†Was it a terrible weekend? ¬†We all probably had different weekends, but we all had one thing in common: we were all going home. ¬†Home to rest, relax, prepare for the up-coming work-week.

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55 mm, 13 sec, f/20, ISO 100 (Going Home)

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55 mm, 13 sec, f/20, ISO 100 (Tail Lights)

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55 mm, 13 sec, f/20, ISO 100 (Coming Home)

Day 172 (20 June 2012) Bone Yard

Today I took a side trip down a road to an area of town where there are countless abandoned vehicle of all types. ¬†It’s an interesting place; It’s not your typical wrecking/bone yard where you can go buy parts. ¬†All these vehicles are just sitting, rusting, having tress fall on them, and all along the road are painted “Keep Out” signs. ¬†There are also signs warning of video surveillance. ¬†To me, a car guy, it’s confusing and sad. ¬†I can see many classic cars and trucks just rusting more and more each year, and it pulls at my heart strings. ¬†I don’t know why someone would want all these vehicles and not restore or sell the parts from them. ¬†Or at a minimum sell them for scrap metal.

So today I found a spot that didn’t have any signs and shot a few frames. ¬†I could have spent hours, broken out the macro lens, but I didn’t want to risk any more than I had.

This first image is a submission to the photo scavenger hunt I’m participating in; this one is under the entry, “abandoned”. ¬†They all could fit that title. ¬†The last one may be submitted under another category, depending on what I can think of for it.

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36 mm, 1/200 sec, f/8.0, ISO 100 (Abandoned)

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55 mm, 1/400 sec, f/8.0, ISO 100 (Fire Truck)

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37 mm, 1/60 sec, f/8.0, ISO 100 (Chuck Noris?)

Day 94 (3 April 2012) Rings of . . .

Ford. Not Saturn. These ‘rings’ are from a brake job I did tonight on my friend’s Ford station wagon. You may not know much about cars, but when the brake rotors get grooved and warped like these ones, they need to be replaced (because they don’t stop your car very well).

I’ve been working on cars since before I knew what a car was, handing my dad tools as a little kid and then learning and doing more as I grew older. Now one of my hobbies is working on cars and restoring my 1973 Chevy El Camino. I also do work to earn a little money and help out those who can’t afford it. Or in this case, trading auto work for some hair cuts with a friend who is a stylist. This is what I call a win-win situation ūüôā

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60 mm, 0.8 sec, f/2.8, ISO 100, 60 mm macro lens (Rings of Ford)

Brake Rotor

60 mm, 1/4 sec, f/2.8, ISO 200, 60mm macro lens (Brake Rotor)